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GSL

Forecast systems that deliver solutions


Global Systems Laboratory

The Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) is one of ten NOAA Research Laboratories and is located in Boulder, Colorado. Our research improves environmental prediction models, develops state-of-the-science decision support tools, visualization systems, and uses high-performance computing technology to support a Weather-Ready Nation.

GSL strives to advance its workforce scientifically, technically, and professionally. We are also committed to increased diversity equity, inclusion and accessibility as well as a strong foundation for career growth.

GSL's research serves the nation

The research we do improves weather data, forecasts, and computing techniques used by industry, decision-makers, and stakeholders.

Our work makes the nation's operations safer and more efficient, helps protect lives and property, and promotes economic prosperity.


Public Safety

Public Safety

GSL’s models and technology help emergency managers respond to weather threats quickly.


Aviation

Aviation

Our tools help the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reduce air traffic delays and increase safety.


Energy

Energy

GSL’s weather models enable the energy industry to plan for the variable nature of wind and solar energy.


Fire Weather

Fire Weather

Decision support systems and smoke models developed by GSL help with wildfire operations.


Latest News

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May 24, 2024

Susan Cobb was awarded the 2023 Silver Sherman award by GSL Director Jennifer Mahoney and the NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad. Susan was recognized for going above her normal duties to advance GSL by working to increase the diversity and infuse early career students into the Lab. This past summer, Susan...

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Scientists survey potential sites for wildfire research

May 16, 2024

GSL and UC-Berkeley scientists survey possible new observation sites in the Mosquito Fire burn scar.Blodgett Forest sits about 30 miles west of Lake Tahoe, and was the site of the 2022 Mosquito Fire, the largest California wildfire in 2022. GSL researchers visited the burn scar in April, 2024 to see...

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NOAA teams up with two firms to amplify Earth system science education

May 16, 2024

NOAA has signed formal agreements to continue collaboration with two visual technology firms that are the leading providers of NOAA’s Science On a Sphere® spherical data visualization display systems and its flatscreen companion, SOS Explorer®. NOAA’s Science On a Sphere (SOS)® is a room-sized, global display system that projects visualizations...

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Successful Projects

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Research-to-Operations (R2O)

Research-to-Operations (R2O)

GSL has a history of successfully transitioning atmospheric research into advanced products and services for weather operations.

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Regional Models

Regional Models

We are the leader in developing and evolving regional weather models. The Rapid Refresh, High-Resolution Rapid Refresh, and RAP Smoke are just a few.

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Unified Forecast System

Unified Forecast System

GSL is part of a major community effort to develop a coupled, comprehensive Earth modeling system.

Read how GSL supports the UFS

GSL Mission

Lead research and directed development through the transition of environmental data, models, products, tools, and services to support commerce, protect life and property, and promote a scientifically literate public.

Research Areas

Organizational Excellence, Earth System Prediction, Advanced Technologies, and Decision Support are the foundation to achieving the GSL Grand Challenge: Deliver actionable global storm-scale prediction and environmental information through advanced technologies to serve society.